More details are emerging about a crash on the Island Highway that claimed the life a
Nanaimo man and hospitalized another. Ryan James Jackson, 20, died after the vehicle he was driving collided with a motor home heading the opposite direction.
Jackson was the sole occupant of the vehicle, according to a statement released by the Coroners Office.
The driver of the motor home, an 81-year-old man, sustained burns on about 14 per cent of his legs and has since been airlifted to Vancouver for treatment, according to police. The driver's wife, the only other occupant of the motor home, sustained no injuries.
According to Cpl. Norm Smith, Nanaimo RCMP traffic division head, police now know that the vehicle Jackson was driving, a two-door Honda Accord, was travelling down the Duke Point Highway when it crossed over and headed north on the southbound exit to Duke Point into oncoming traffic on the southbound side of the Island Highway.
The collision happened just a short distance away from the entrance to the turnoff and closed off traffic to the area for much of the day.
Investigators have not yet determined why the vehicle Jackson was driving ended up driving into oncoming traffic, said Smith. Police have already begun interviewing about a dozen witnesses as part of the investigation.
The Coroners Service has also begun its investigation, but coroner Barb McLintock said it is too early to determine how long it will take.
Jackson worked at a local restaurant and was reportedly wellliked by his co-workers.
A high school friend, who requested anonymity, described Jackson as "a very nice kid" and also added Jackson had "a really good sense of humour."
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